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  •  You could also do (6+ / 0-)

    a nifty video showing President Obama's changed position on the sequester.

    •  Republicans.org can make that one (1+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark

      Send them some cash.

      Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

      by yet another liberal on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:06:48 PM PST

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    •  Why? (6+ / 0-)

      Obama has changed his mind on many things. Gay marriage, for example. It doesn't mean the same thing when a Democrat changes their position on something.

      The Republicans do change their positions. They just lie about it claiming, despite video evidence to the contrary, that their current position was their old position.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:09:36 PM PST

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      •  I'd begin this video with Boener saying he got (3+ / 0-)
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        Egalitare, ontheleftcoast, devtob

        98% of what he wanted.

      •  Point is, the sequester is (4+ / 0-)
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        was a terrible idea, a terrible idea that President Obama helped to put in place.

        Now to be fair, IIRC he never explicitly supported the sequester cuts, just supported them as a way to compel bid cuts and even said he's veto any bill that undid the sequester cuts that didn't include a long-term deficit reduction plan. He's arrived at more or less correct position but this is a problem partly of his own making -- are we now allowed to point that out?

        •  Sure, point it out all you want (3+ / 0-)
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          Just be sure to aim at the right targets when you shoot. Remember, 100% of the reason we have the sequester is the Republicans being complete and utter assholes. Obama used the sequester as a trick to get around them. They were convinced that stacks of Koch Bros $100 bills would ensure a Republican President would be in office in 2013 they went along with it. What did Boner say, he got "98% of what he wanted". Now they have to clean up the mess they created.

          What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

          by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:24:17 PM PST

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          •  Umm (3+ / 0-)

            Why do the Republicans have to clean up anything?  They are perfectly happy to let the country go to hell as long as their benefactors are happy.  The only thing they fear is that the rich military contractors will face cuts, but they are working to exempt the military from the cuts.

            I'm truly sorry Man's dominion Has broken Nature's social union--Robert Burns

            by Eric Blair on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:46:19 PM PST

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            •  Because if the country does go into the shitter (1+ / 0-)
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              It'll be with the tail pinned firmly on the elephant's ass this time. They know the public blames them for the sequester. Why do you think Reince Priebus (sp??) and Boner are desperately trying to push #Obamaquester? They know failure will hurt them politically. They bet big on Obama's defeat and now they're stuck. Sucks to be them.

              What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

              by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:00:45 PM PST

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  •  do we have any app.net users here ? (0+ / 0-)

    comments/rating/suggestions etc. ?
    thanks !!

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:06:17 PM PST

  •  The Republicans ARE changing (5+ / 0-)

    It used to be that they prescribed tax cuts regardless of circumstances.

    Now they prescribe benefits cuts regardless of circumstances.

    See? Progress!

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:11:53 PM PST

  •  They've been trotting this message for a while (2+ / 0-)
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    I caught the Road Show a few weeks ago.

    And they keep it up.

    In the end, they want (as she states above) increases in retirement ages, and big cuts elsewhere.  Austerity is the game.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:13:22 PM PST

  •  Double-suicide pacts never end well (1+ / 0-)
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    devtob

    Particularly when one side says "no, no, I insist, you go first!"

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:16:42 PM PST

  •  # 98% of what THEY wanted n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:18:16 PM PST

  •  I am totally gobsmacked.. (2+ / 0-)
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    some idiotic Republican congressman is bringing that paragon of pedaphilia,yellow streak chicken shit values Ted Nugent as his guest because he's a victim of some kind of gun violence? Did the Secret Service shove one of them big ole' rifles he runs around with up his ass? or maybe the people who sold him their underage daughter got wise and pistol whipped him a few times!

    WTF is Steve Stockman (R Moran) thinking?

  •  They can't let tax increases alone go into effect. (3+ / 0-)
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    Because then when the economy improves, their entire three decade argument is once again shown to be wrong.  So they have to hope that either the cuts go into effect and the economy tanks wherein they can argue that the tax cuts tanked the economy, or the cuts go into effect and the economy recovers wherein they can argue that the cuts and not the tax increases are what spurred growth.

    As it stands now, any increase in the recovery will be tied to a policy that is anathema to the modern Republican party.  They have to force through the cuts quickly after the tax increases or else they are going to lose profoundly.  It's cynical, but letting the cuts go through at least gives them room to fight over what worked if there is improvement or what did not work if there is no improvement.

    It's just a fact that they don't care who is hurt so long as they have a political cover for their agenda one, two years down the road.

    I'm living in an age that calls darkness light.

    by electricgrendel on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:19:52 PM PST

  •  Why the GOP is the party of White People (1+ / 0-)
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    If you haven't already read it, please read the article Original Sin Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people.

    There's a lot of stuff we may have "known", but it's great to see this spelled out.

    Two quotes, to whet the whistle:

    In retreat, the nullifying spirit has been revived as a form of governance—or, more accurately, anti-governance. Its stronghold is the Tea Party–inflected House of Representatives, whose nullifiers would plunge us all over the "fiscal cliff." We see it too in continuing challenges to "Obamacare," even after it was validated by the Roberts Court. It is not a coincidence that the resurgence of nullification is happening while our first African American president is in office. (empasis mine)
    And...
    Race will always be a complex issue in America. There is no total cleansing of an original sin. But the old polarizing politics is a spent force. The image of the "angry black man" still purveyed by sensationalists such as Ann Coulter and Dinesh D'Souza is anachronistic today, when blacks and even Muslims, the most conspicuous of "outsider" groups, profess optimism about America and their place in it.
    Read it.  You'll be smarter, and better informed.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:47:11 PM PST

  •  The sequester is the price Obama paid (1+ / 0-)
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    to avoid defaulting on our national debt, which the Republican/tea party House was ready to do in 2011.

    They considered getting the sequester deal a great victory.

    Here's Paul Ryan gloating:

    The Budget Control Act represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy. I applaud Speaker Boehner’s leadership in stopping tax increases on job creators, rejecting President Obama’s demands for a blank check to keep borrowing, and advancing real spending cuts and controls. The agreement – while far from perfect – underscores the extent to which the new House majority has successfully changed Washington’s culture of spending. No longer can Washington endlessly spend money it does not have.
    Now that it looms, and will affect some of their lords dependent on federal spending, House tea party Republicans are singing a different tune.

    Also too, austerity sucks, and is politically unpopular.

    Democrats should mention that often.

    A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

    by devtob on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:21:17 PM PST

  •  HI's entire delegation endorses marriage equality (1+ / 0-)
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    MikeTheLiberal

    Hawai`i U.S. Sens. Hirono and Schatz + Congresswomen Hanabusa and Gabbard are all calling on the state legislature to approve same-sex marriage:

    http://hawaiiunitedformarriage.org/...

    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

    by raatz on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:20:05 PM PST

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